Immediately after a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, emergency responders, including Astoria’s, will likely be as paralyzed as everyone else.
“The city may not be able to respond at all,” City Councilor Drew Herzig said.
Residents and visitors unlucky enough to be on the North Coast when the “big one” hits should plan to take care of themselves, he said.
“We’re not trying to terrify people, but we’re trying to be honest with them about what they can expect from city services,” Herzig said. “And the reality of our situation with a Cascadia event is that there’s going to be very little service left.”